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. >> and now from a conference on the 60th anniversary of the publication of whittaker chambers "witness," a panel entitled "without anti-communism: what defines conservatives today?." >> so, couldn't help remember, someone was talking about the adulation the world held -- unless everyone here is aware that august educational institute not too far from here, i mean bard college, there's actually an alger hiss chair inhumanities. my colleague, hilton kramer, the founding editor, had an honorary degree from bard when this new chair inhumanities was pronounced. he probably gave it back to the president. well, i'm delighted to welcome you to our final panel commemorating the 60th anniversary of whittaker chambers "witness." and i think we saved the most difficult or at least the most contentious question for last. what defines conservatives tod today? i think in the context of "witness" and the work of bill buckley, today means after the cold war. he said a little bit about that already this afternoon. but i'd like to say a little more about it, little more succinct way about it now. so aft
and whittaker chambers was honored by his fellow citizens. since his conviction, verified anti-communism as an potent -- they gave bill buckley another fusion is conservative to cause by which the conservatives and libertarians against a common enemy, liberalism. the historian george nash and others have argued persuasively that without any communism there would have been no unified conservative movement beginning in the 1950s. and without a conservative movement, there would have been no presidential candidate, barry goldwater, in 1964, and no president-elect reagan in 1980. "witness" is an essential work of the conservative canon. it may have enlisted more un-american anti-communist than any other book of the cold war. that included reagan, who could quote from memory the first pages of the forward for many years afterwards. russia, longtime publisher of "national review," libertarian columnist and author john chamberlain, and the prince of darkness, conservative columnist commentator, robert novak. whittaker chambers was one of the great men of our time, wrote a conservative
with whittaker chambers. again be c. chambers bare his soul directly to a young admirer, a friend and colleague. reading parts of the books i was struck by the deep emotional intensity in humanity that flows from the pages. he tries to account to himself how he made his choices. where he fell and plundered but there is no going back and doing the right thing can mean everything. for his family, a country, a generation. bill buckley was a dramatic and emotional man. it is unsurprising chambers of moves profoundly. and bill buckley had influences but the common one in his life of the chamberses the most mysterious and intense. i applaud the work of "witness" to follow god and man at yale for the second eight annual buckley program conference. to get started we have three distinguished gentlemen who know much about the subject. lee edwards the distinguished fellow from conservative thought at the heritage foundation. dr. edwards is a leading historian of american conservatism. ranging from biographies of reagan to william f. buckley. and the founding director of political journalism at georgetown
out, guys have been saying those don't exist. the publication of whittaker chambers's "witness". it is a little over an hour. >> thank you. thank you, buckley program at yale. thank you for being here today. last semester i had the privilege to teach a course on the intellect quote legacy of william f. buckley jr.. i dedicated a couple weeks to build buckley's and i communism with a principal and philosophical position. he once told me late in his life that his most important book may have been odyssey of a friend, the book in which buckley and characteristically barely says or write anything in which he creates a literary and philosophical interview with whittaker chambers. in odyssey we see chambers again bear his soul. to young admirer, friend and colleague. i was struck, most of all by the deep emotional intensity and raw humanity that flows, of so many of these pages. amen is trying to account to himself and two world how he made his choices, where he fell and where he blundered, but also there is no going back, doing the right thing can still mean anything, not just for h
matter of lionel trilling writing in the journey before "witness" comes out, book about whittaker chambers, in which literary critics find the alger hiss character, but trilling never knew alger hiss. a strange kind of pre-figuration there and then the images, driving all night to hide documents in a pumpkin on his farm, the old woodstock typewriter that told the figure. dipper phonic terry war blurb that richard nixon used to trap his cross-examination. these things lived in the mythological memory in our times about three weeks ago, in a little box it had appeared in new york city and manhattan. the time said photographed at a major reference to the work we are going to talk about today. and i think a classic status was enhanced by the seemingly never ending decades of controversy in which the defenders, alger hiss, tried to slander the author of "witness." today i want to introduce this three panelists, and this is an amazingly powerful group. leave it to them, they will take it over each making their remarks about 10 minutes and then we will open it for further discussion. ell
them alger with the idea that he is like alger hiss, communist spy at the time. there is also whittaker chambers and the great american theologian who helped to kind of advise nixon about in some ways his political philosophy so a a lot of behind-the-scenes guys are giving advice to richard nixon to go straight to the media to engage in what we would call telepopulism and there's also this surprise cameo of charlie chaplin who is operated out of the country in 1952 as a part of the larger red scare. nixon wanted him out of the country and was taking his cues from a wild gossip column at the time named had a hopper who was a friend of nixon who enters a little bit in there is also another central character. the foil to richard nixon and dwight eisenhower and that is adlai stevenson himself. he's important in the story to guess he is a proponent. stephenson becomes throughout the course of this it very fade egghead, and intellectual entering politics. he has a very noble vision of politics. i think anybody here will be kind of surprised by them. in his acceptance speech in 1952 convention
whittaker chambers in which literary critics find the alger hiss character, but he never heard of alger hiss. strange kind of pre-figuration there. and then the images driving all night to hide documents and a pumpkin on his farm. the old woodstock typewriter and the typeface that told the story. the warbler that richard nixon used to trap hiss in his cross-examination. and these things, they live in kind of a mythological memory. it was in "the new york times" about three weeks ago or so, a little box, a warbler had appeared in new york city, in manhattan. the time to photograph it and made a reference to the work of, we're going to talk about today. and then i think a classic, enhanced by the seemingly never ending decades of controversy in which the defenders of alger hiss tried to make their slanders of the author of "witness" stick. today, i want to introduce the three panelists, and this is an amazingly powerful group we have here. all at once, and then leave it to them, they will take it over. each i hope making the remarks about 10 minutes, and then we will put it to the floor for fu
of whittaker chambers' "witness" a panel entitled >> someone was talking about the adulation which the world held alger hiss, and i don't know if everyone here is aware of that and auguste educational institution not far from here there is actually an alger hiss share in the humanities. my colleague in the new criterion has been on every degree the chair of the humanities prompted to get it back to the president's team. i'm delighted to welcome you to the final panel commemorating the 60th anniversary of whittaker chambers so' "witness" and i think we have seen the most contentious question for last. what defines conservatives today. i think in the context of "witness," and the work of bill buckley, today means after the cold war. we've said a little bit about that already this afternoon. but i like to say a little more specifically about it now. so, after the cold war, that means after impossible confrontation of communism and said the to and stan she added in by the evil empire of the soviet union and the west, in his letter to his children which has been mentioned already come chambers sa
of whittaker's time give us a bright line between treason and loyalty to one's country, and between materialism and ideal i. or faith. if part of the discussion is what enduring lessons we can get from this, one looks now for the bright line can be drawn today. we seem to have a dimmer line between the vicar forms of -- various forms of political radicalism that president obama and the argument failed in the last election that those things remit a legacy that the american should reject. norman has has given some dwhrad american greatness can been -- [inaudible] some support principles of the american constitutional order, and you called for a principle of mode ration -- moderation. do any of those add up to another great line the kind that whittaker chambers was able to draw for us and see american conservativism? >> well, i think you pose a very, very difficult problem. the bright line that chambers drew did not hold all that firmly even then. there were violent arguments about what substituted patriotism, local -- loyalty, nobody argued that espionage was a good thing, but the accusation was
of the dish is amazing. >> reporter: a pinot grigio pairs up with a fish dish. a beer route issue a whittaker key is the way to go. >> and you have flavors in the beer. >> reporter: can you skip the sweet wine with skirt and what about -- with dessert and what about a coffee beer? >> reporter: the restaurants like this restaurant say their kraft beer list has gotten longert and wine list shorter. and stays are seeing the same trend. >> kraft beer sales are off the chart here in el paso, seven years ago, we had a dozen of brands of labels. and now we're in the hundreds. >> reporter: with kraft beers pairing up so well, should the wine industry be worried? the american wine society told us no. many people loving the kraft beers love the diversity of wine. in el paso, patrick manning, fox news. >>> still ahead, a controversial subject finds a place in reality tv. and it's the role of a lifetime. steve jobs. what ashton companier is saying about -- ashton kuchar is saying about portraying him. >>> and protestors across the country gather in washington fighting for tougher gun restrictions. next.
. >> receipt me bring it back to whittaker claimers. the fact it looks like losing battle doesn't mean you don't do it. when chambers confronted communism. he was confronting the entire american establishment. everything was against him. i'm sure it looked like -- it looked very clearly that it was something he couldn't imagine he was going diseed. but he did it anyway. he the courage to do what he did, and each of the those steps, i mean, testifying was an enormously courageous thing to do, when his challenge to make the accusation that he was spy outside of the congressional privilege. he went on to see the -- yeah. an enormous courage and ultimately he prevailed. >> yes. good bid i -- he was a great man and witnesses as a great book. but i do think that he never dropped the other shoe, and this this weekend his own fight against communism. and rereading "witness" i've been struck by how much the resistance sighing america as -- seeing america as good. you can say relatively good. he said that communism was absolute evil. i believe that. and i would not say that america represents absolute g
was apparently so significant that whittaker chambers said to buckley, in a letter around that time, that morris really accomplished most of what joe mccarthy is credited with in terms of useful anti-communism that he is credited with on the right. rusher was the course on the senate security subcommittee, the number two lawyer on that committee. mccarthy was still alive. he knew mccarthy and believe believed that he had been buried apparently railroaded by the liberal establishment, very much along the lines of what stan evans later argued in his 2007 book. rusher in other words was part of -- before he came to "national review," he was part of a cadre of very hard and professional anti-communists, and that is what really got them into the conservative movement. that is what caused him to transition from generic republicanism, which included what i described as a just when attitude in their something to sit be said for that. and attitude of being willing to lose even a presidential election if it was a constructive sort of lost that one could take pride in of goldwater 64. that had planted seed
: a pinot grigot pairs up with a fish dish but a whittaker key is the way to go with the beer. >> you have flavors in the beer that will complement the sea food. >> reporter: skip the sweet wine. how about a coffee beer. with kraft beers getting popular the last few years, restaurants say that their kraft beer lists have gotten longer and the wine list shorter. in stores in el paso, they're seeing the same trend. >> kraft beer sales are off the chart here in el paso, compared to five years ago. seven years ago, we had a dozen now we're in the hundreds. >> reporter: with kraft beers pairing up so well with foots, should the wine industry be worried? the american wine society told us no. many people who love kraft beers love the diversity of wine. >> patrick manning, el paso, fox news. >> a big serving of college basketball on today's sports menu. >>> maryland on the road at duke and georgetown at home against louisville. pulling off the upset. lindsay murphy is up next. jwwñ >>> good evening, 17 games into the season and the georgetown basketball team is fining its identity. last week, th
, is whittaker chambers, who publishes a book and they were allies when richard nixon was taking don algier hiss and nixon does a lot to promote chambers' book and it's interesting to note what chambers -- how chambers conceptualizes the cold war in "witness" that comes out in 1952. i will quote from the book. for chambers, the west had to discover, and i quote, in suffering and pain, a power of faith, which will provide man's mind at the same intensity with the same two certainties that communism provide, that is, a reason to live and a reason to die. if the west fails, this will be the century of the great social wars. if it succeeds, this will be the century of the great wars of faith. there's a real attempt to put the cold war on a religious basis, fervorred emotional basis and that's something nixon is very big on in his support of chambers and in his attack on stevenson and atchison, and most clearly articulated by joseph mccarthy. who is also a chief ally of rich nikschon, and who eisenhower feels very uncomfortable and awkward around and yet will go to wisconsin and campaign with mccarth
ex-communist named whittaker chambers and because he distrusted an establishment icon alger hiss, congressman nixon persevered to expose the wartime treason. by 1948 he was an american hero. so popular the democratic party did not even field a candidate against them. in 1950 he captured the senate seat with the largest majority in the history of the state of california. and the same people who loved harry truman's give them hell campaign winds that mr. nixon played to rough. in the taft eisenhower battle of 1952 and internationalist, the boss with the vice presidential nominee and a man of destiny. then it was the establishment first moved to bring him down. they hyped a phony story about a political fund alleged it was for senator nixon's personal benefit and instigated a great human cry for general eisenhower to drop him from the ticket. senator nixon's decision to defend his record and integrity in the checkers speech, though mocked by his enemies, remains the most brilliant use of television by a political figure and the 20th century. [applause] in the 1950's he redefined the
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